Roster breakdown: Where all 79 Seahawks players stand going into training camp
Happy report day, everyone.
While this year’s training camp will be much different than normal, Tuesday still marks the day that the entire process begins. That means it’s a perfect time to comb through the entire Seahawks roster and try to determine where all 79 players stand going into the month of August.
Seattle cut nine players on Sunday to trim the roster from 90 to 81. On Monday, Quinton Dunbar was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, and Mike Garafolo reported that Chance Warmack has opted out of the 2020 season. That leaves the roster at 79 players.
Here’s a position-by-position look at who is a lock to make the team, who is on the bubble and who is a longshot. Of note, for this exercise, I am defining a “lock” as someone who will unequivocally be on the roster. If there’s even the smallest of chances a player gets cut, they moved to the “on the bubble” category.
Lock: Russell Wilson and Geno Smith
Longshot: Anthony Gordon
Analysis: This one is pretty cut and dry. Gordon will undoubtedly be on the practice squad, but there’s just no way he’ll be able to unseat Smith for the backup job with just 14 padded practices and no preseason reps.
Offensive line (13)
Lock: Duane Brown, B.J. Finney, Damien Lewis and Brandon Shell
On the bubble: Ethan Pocic, Mike Iupati, Phil Haynes, Jordan Simmons, Cedric Ogbuehi and Jamarco Jones
Longshot: Kyle Fuller, Tommy Champion and Chad Wheeler
Analysis: We know who four of the starters on the offensive line will be. Even if someone ends up taking the right guard job from Lewis, there’s no chance the third-round pick gets cut. Pocic seemingly got a vote of confidence on Sunday when Seattle released Joey Hunt. He’s the favorite to backup Finney at center. Iupati, Haynes and Simmons are the favorites to win the left guard job, in that order.
Running back/fullback (7)
Lock: Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, Rashaad Penny and DeeJay Dallas
On the bubble: Travis Homer and Nick Bellore
Longshot: Anthony Jones
Analysis: Penny will begin the year on PUP, opening up a roster spot for somebody else. That should mean Homer makes the team. It would be a surprise if he didn’t, even though I don’t think he’s an absolute lock.
Wide receiver (10)
Lock: Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Phillip Dorsett
On the bubble: David Moore, John Ursua, Stephen Sullivan and Freddie Swain
Longshot: Cody Thompson, Penny Hart and Aaron Fuller
Analysis: I’m really curious to see how this competition plays out. At least one of the bubble players will get cut, and I genuinely think it could be any of them. The two rookies, Sullivan and Swain, are total wildcards here. Seattle signing Josh Gordon would also be bad news for all four.
Tight end (6)
Lock: Greg Olsen, Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson
On the bubble: Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson
Longshot: Tyler Mabry
Analysis: Parkinson is a PUP candidate with his foot injury. That could mean both Hollister and Willson make the team.
Defensive line (15)
Lock: L.J. Collier, Rasheem Green, Benson Mayowa, Darrell Taylor, Alton Robinson, Jarran Reed, Bruce Irvin and Poona Ford
On the bubble: Demarcus Christmas, Cedrick Lattimore, Shaquem Griffin and Bryan Mone
Longshot: Eli Mencer, Marcus Webb and Josh Avery
Analysis: Irvin and Griffin are listed as linebackers on Seattle’s official roster, but I included them in this category because their primary value is as a pass rusher. Griffin will have to show he can be a viable option in the rotation at edge rusher. The Seahawks might still sign a veteran run-stuffing defensive tackle, but until that happens, I think Christmas, Lattimore and Mone all have a shot to make the roster.
Lock: Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Jordan Brooks and Cody Barton
On the bubble: Ben Burr-Kirven
Longshot: Emmanuel Ellerbee
Analysis: This one is just about as straight forward as the quarterback position. The only real question mark is whether or not Burr-Kirven is able to make the team in his second season. I’m guessing he does.
Lock: Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Neiko Thorpe and Ugo Amadi
On the bubble: Brian Allen, Gavin Heslop, Debione Renfro, Kemah Siverand, Linden Stephens, Ryan Neal and Jayson Stanley
Analysis: OK so this is sort of a copout by me, but I genuinely have no idea how this is going to play out. Seattle will surely keep more than four corners, I just don’t know which one they’ll pick. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Seahawks brought in another veteran given the lack of experience among the bubble players
Lock: Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams and Marquise Blair
On the bubble: Lano Hill
Longshot: Chris Miller
Analysis: Safety should be one of the biggest strengths on Seattle’s roster following the acquisition of Adams. I’d imagine the top four make the team. Amadi is listed as a safety on Seattle’s roster, but he’s made a seemingly permanent transition to nickel so I grouped him with the corners.
Lock: Tyler Ott, Jason Myers, and Michael Dickson
Analysis: Not much to see here. The Seahawks are banking on a bounce-back year from Myers